Mary and Martha’s Place Classes

Membership is NOT required to participate in any MMP class, workshop, or event! We invite all to join us as you are able.

Summer Wisdom Reading Group

Cynthia Bourgeault’s new book, The Heart of Centering Prayer, will be our subject for four sessions. We will use Cynthia’s daylong seminar at Boston College as our guide for exploring the book. The lecture is divided into four sections; we will look at one section each gathering.

Format for the Summer Wisdom Reading group: Open with brief readings, chant, centering prayer; Introduction to the theme of the day by Rebecca Parker; Listen to Cynthia’s teaching, pausing for discussion; Close with questions and discussion, and poetry.

Participants may choose to purchase and read the accompanying book: The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice, by Cynthia Borgeault. While this is the source for her talk, she does not go through the book systematically.  Participants will be informed for the gathering by reading the book, but it is not necessary to read prior to class.  Rebecca will reference the chapters Cynthia is referring to in the book from the lectures.

Summer Sessions:
Mondays, 10:00am – 12:30pm
June 19, July 10, July 24, August 21

Class meetings are $25 at the door, or $90 for all four summer sessions ($22.50 each).

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Rebecca Parker, MDiv, is the executive director of Mary & Martha’s Place and has been facilitating a Cynthia Bourgeault study group on various topics for four years.  She is a student of Cynthia Bourgeault, has attended over 13 Wisdom Schools on various topics and has served as an intern.


Special Thursday Class Summer Sessions


Thursday, August 24: “Generation to Generation,” with Maggie Harney
11:00am – 12:30pm (please note: there is no pre-class meditation during summer sessions)

Come share your experience of passing important information among family members.  What do you want others to know? What do you wish someone would have told you?  Do you have a living will?  Do you want your diamond ring to go to your only grandson?  Where is your bank box?  Do you want your diaries to be burned or can others read them?  How important is that bowl that came from Great Aunt Betsy?  Where is the research you have done on your mother’s side of the family?

There are stories that cluster around family possessions and vital information that families need to know.  Join us as we talk together about our experiences of sharing information among the generations.

Maggie Harney, founding Director of Mary & Martha’s Place, will facilitate the discussion. She and Tom have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and 4 granddaughters.

Cost is $25, payable by cash or check at the door.


MMP Classes

Thursday Class: The women in the Thursday Class take their spiritual journey seriously.  They read widely and discuss openly their spiritual questions.  They think outside the box and are not afraid to engage in conversation with each other about the spiritual life. The group is led by Maggie Harney and Rebecca Parker.

Schedule: Alternate Thursdays, 11:00am-1:00pm

Fall 2017 Schedule: September 7 (luncheon), September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, November 30, December 7 (Advent class)

Spring 2018 Schedule: January 4 (luncheon), January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, April 12, April 26 (luncheon)

Regular class meetings are $25 at the door, or available for a reduced price of $20 when paid by the season or year. Online payment options will be made available late summer 2017.


Wisdom Way: The Wisdom Way series offers the opportunity to explore the wisdom path through a Christian lens.  The class includes centering prayer, an introduction to the topic of the day,  a facilitated class discussion and handouts. Led by Rebecca Parker.

Schedule: Alternate Mondays, 10:00am-12:30pm
Fall schedule available late summer 2017


MMP-AM: Participants take turns presenting a topic of interest.  Past topics have included the history of the cloister gardens, the Virgin Mary in Art and the history of Maundy Thursday. Led by Maggie Harney.

Schedule: One Thursday every month, 7:00am-8:30am
Schedule available upon request.

Cost is a $5 contribution per class session, payable by cash or check at the door.


Thresholds: Contemporary Spirituality: Women who are midlife in their careers and family obligations.  The group gathers monthly to explore new paradigms for following the Christian path using a variety of resources.

Schedule: Set Sundays, 3:00pm – 5:00 pm
Summer Session: June 18

Cost is $20 per session, payable by cash or check at the door.


Seekers: An occasional gathering of women in their 20’s and 30’s who meet to be in touch with their  spiritual roots in an open and inclusive environment. This group is currently being reimagined as Kohklos. To learn more email

Schedule: TBD

There will be no cost to participate


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